In 1867, Charles Larochette and Louis Bonnefont produced a large globe 50 cm in diameter for Delagrave intended for teaching: chosen to embody the quality of French geographic production, it was awarded a medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Reductions will be made and disseminated in France, often for educational purposes. Congo is not yet named free state of Congo ( 1877) and is mostly unexplored ( see picture) , Pesth instead of Budapest and omission of the polar island of Frantz Joseph land in the North pole sea (1872), Alaska ( 1867). Overall all of the countries are easy to read and to discern. The printing is really nice and well done , this type of globe belongs to the tradition of globe making of the 19th century : 12 full gores on a solid ball of plaster .The Delagrave globes have been described as a" fine quality engravings with simple, practical cartography" .The Delagrave family were the most preeminent school supplier in France in the 19th .
This unique physical globe is completely original but still in good condition with some small cracks in Africa and over Siberia .Overall while it is not in pristine condition I believe it is a good value due to the scarcity of globe of this quality in term of historical content and decorative cachet .
Globe size around 16 " H.28 " good condition , small stable crack line in Africa , some dent in Siberia/Russia , some oxidation of paper consistent with age and use.